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Once a year, some of the country's most-famous value investors get together for a confab in New York City. Alas, neither swank grub nor photo ops were to be found. But on the first day of the conference, attendees got what they paid for: A detailed explanation of some of these investors' top ideas. As a sign of the influence of the speakers, many of the stocks up for discussion made big price moves during the day's trading on October 1.
In recent years, investors have been steadily withdrawing money from stock funds and pouring cash into bond funds. Tilson said it was "absolute madness" to favor Treasuries over high-quality dividend-paying stocks, yet that's what many investors are doing. Let's get down to specific stocks -- with seven buy recommendations from the conference and one sell:.
Both Netflix and Amazon deliver an old product in a new way, and both offer compelling value for customers, Tilson says. He said that Netflix, which has about ten times as many subscribers as Hulu, its nearest competitor, is in a business in which success begets success.
Attracting more subscribers allows Netflix to buy the rights to make more movies and television shows available for streaming, which then attracts more subscribers. Tilson also touted real estate developer Howard Hughes Corp. HHC , which was spun off from General Growth Properties during the latter's bankruptcy reorganization in Because the firm is a real estate company that doesn't pay a dividend, Tilson said, "there are no natural owners" for the stock unlike real estate investment trusts, which appeal to income investors.
Berkshire's legendary chief executive, Warren Buffett, turned 82 in August, but Tilson figures he has at least five more years at the helm for more of Tilson's thoughts on Berkshire, see Fire Sale on Buffett. Barry Rosenstein, co-founder of New York City hedge fund Jana Partners, is an activist investor, meaning he typically takes large positions in a company and tries to influence management to make changes that will benefit shareholders.
At the conference, Rosenstein spoke in public for the first time about the changes he has been seeking at Agrium AGU. Jana is the largest investor in the Calgary, Canada-based fertilizer company, which Rosenstein argues is composed of two essentially discrete businesses.
Its wholesale unit produces, markets and distributes nitrogen, potash and other fertilizers to agricultural and industrial customers, and its retail unit sells fertilizer and seed directly to farmers through stores. The latter is the laggard, Rosenstein says.
Agrium shares rose 2. McGuire said that U. But the standards do not require companies to adjust the book value of their land upward if the land appreciates. That means the value of long-held property is often understated assets on their books. The core business of Gencorp GY has nothing to do with real estate -- it supplies propulsion systems to the aerospace and defense industries -- but in the s the company acquired some large tracts in California to test its systems. Since then, the company has stopped using the land to perform those tests, and sprawl and development have encroached.
Its once-remote 12, acres are now desirable Sacramento suburbs. Layne builds and maintains water-related infrastructure, such as wells and sewers, and explores and drills for precious minerals, such as gold and copper. Kansas , South Carolina ,  Tennessee , Texas ,  and Wisconsin  state legislatures passed laws requiring voters to have government-issued IDs before they could cast their ballots.
This meant, typically, that people without driver's licenses or passports had to gain new forms of ID. Former President Bill Clinton denounced them, saying, "There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today".
Clinton said the moves would effectively disenfranchise core voter blocs that trend liberal, including college students, Blacks , and Latinos. In addition, the Pennsylvania legislature proposed a plan to change its representation in the electoral college from the traditional winner-take-all model to a district-by-district model.
With an incumbent president running for re-election against token opposition , the race for the Democratic nomination was largely uneventful. The nomination process consisted of primaries and caucuses , held by the 50 states, as well as Guam , Puerto Rico , Washington, D. Additionally, high-ranking party members known as superdelegates each received one vote in the convention.
A few of the primary challengers surpassed the president's vote total in individual counties in several of the seven contested primaries, though none made a significant impact in the delegate count. Running unopposed everywhere else, Obama cemented his status as the Democratic presumptive nominee on April 3, , by securing the minimum number of pledged delegates needed to obtain the nomination.
Candidates with considerable name recognition who entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the early stages of the primary campaign included U. A total of thirteen debates were held before the Iowa caucuses.
The first major event of the campaign was the Ames Straw Poll , which took place in Iowa on August 13, Michele Bachmann won the straw poll this ultimately proved to be the acme of her campaign. It became clear at around this point in the nomination process that while Romney was considered to be the likely nominee by the Republican establishment, a large segment of the conservative primary electorate found him to be too moderate for their political views.
As a result, a number of potential "anti-Romney" candidates were put forward,   including future President Donald Trump ,  former Alaska Governor and vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin ,  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ,  and Texas Governor Rick Perry ,  the last of whom decided to run in August Perry did poorly in the debates, however, and Herman Cain and then Newt Gingrich came to the fore in October and November.
Due to a number of scandals, Cain withdrew just before the end of the year, after having gotten on the ballot in several states. For the first time in modern Republican Party history, three different candidates won the first three state contests in January the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary, and the South Carolina primary.
A number of candidates dropped out at this point in the nomination process. Bachmann withdrew after finishing sixth in the Iowa caucuses,  Huntsman withdrew after coming in third in New Hampshire, and Perry withdrew when polls showed him drawing low numbers in South Carolina. Santorum, who had previously run an essentially one-state campaign in Iowa, was able to organize a national campaign after his surprising victory there.
He unexpectedly carried three states in a row on February 7 and overtook Romney in nationwide opinion polls, becoming the only candidate in the race to effectively challenge the notion that Romney was the inevitable nominee. The Super Tuesday primaries took place on March 6. Romney carried six states, Santorum carried three, and Gingrich won only in his home state of Georgia. Santorum won Kansas and three Southern primaries, but he was unable to make any substantial gain on Romney, who became a formidable frontrunner after securing more than half of the delegates allocated in March.
On April 10, Santorum suspended his campaign due to a variety of reasons, such as a low delegate count, unfavorable polls in his home state of Pennsylvania, and his daughter's health, leaving Mitt Romney as the undisputed front-runner for the presidential nomination and allowing Gingrich to claim that he was "the last conservative standing" in the campaign for the nomination.
On May 29, after winning the Texas primary, Romney had received a sufficient number of delegates to clinch the party's nomination with the inclusion of unpledged delegates. After winning the June 5 primaries in California and several other states, Romney had received more than enough pledged delegates to clinch the nomination without counting unpledged delegates, making the June 26 Utah Primary, the last contest of the cycle, purely symbolic. CNN's final delegate estimate, released on July 27, , put Romney at 1, pledged delegates and 62 unpledged delegates, for a total estimate of 1, delegates.
No other candidate had unpledged delegates. The delegate estimates for the other candidates were Santorum at delegates, Paul at , Gingrich at , Bachmann at 1, Huntsman at 1, and all others at 0. On August 28, , delegates at the Republican National Convention officially named Romney the party's presidential nominee. Four other parties nominated candidates that had ballot access or write-in access to at least electoral votes, the minimum number of votes needed in the election to win the presidency through a majority of the electoral college.
Gary Johnson campaign. Jill Stein campaign. Virgil Goode campaign. The United States presidential election of broke new records in financing, fundraising, and negative campaigning. Obama so far". The Commission on Presidential Debates held four debates during the last weeks of the campaign: three presidential and one vice-presidential.
The major issues debated were the economy and jobs, the federal budget deficit, taxation and spending, the future of Social Security , Medicare , and Medicaid , healthcare reform , education, social issues, immigration, and foreign policy. Debate schedule:  . An independent presidential debate featuring minor party candidates took place on Tuesday, October 23 at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago , Illinois.
On the day of the election, spread betting firm Spreadex were offering an Obama Electoral College Votes spread of — to Romney's — Romney lost all but one of nine battleground states , and received 47 percent of the nationwide popular vote to Obama's 51 percent. Popular vote totals are from the Federal Election Commission report. The table below displays the official vote tallies by each state's Electoral College voting method. The source for the results of all states, except those that amended their official results, is the official Federal Election Commission report.
Maine and Nebraska each allow for their election results votes to be split between candidates. The winner within each congressional district gets one electoral vote for the district. The winner of the statewide vote gets two additional electoral votes. In the election, all four of Maine's electoral votes were won by Obama and all five of Nebraska's electoral votes were won by Romney. Red denotes states or congressional districts that contribute an electoral vote won by Republican Mitt Romney; blue denotes those won by Democrat Barack Obama.
After the networks called Ohio the state that was arguably the most critical for Romney, as no Republican had ever won the Presidency without carrying it for Obama at around PM EST on Election Day, Romney was ready to concede the race, but hesitated when Karl Rove strenuously objected on Fox News to the network's decision to make that call. Despite public polling showing Romney behind Obama in the swing states of Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New Hampshire, tied with Obama in Virginia, and just barely ahead of Obama in Florida, the Romney campaign said they were genuinely surprised by the loss, having believed that public polling was oversampling Democrats.
On November 30, , it was revealed that shortly before the election, internal polling done by the Romney campaign had shown Romney ahead in Colorado and New Hampshire, tied in Iowa, and within a few points of Obama in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Ohio.
Foreign leaders reacted with both positive and mixed messages. Most world leaders congratulated and praised Barack Obama on his re-election victory. However, Venezuela and some other states had tempered reactions. Pakistan commented that Romney's defeat had made Pakistan-United States relations safer.
Combined with the re-elections of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush , Obama's victory in the election marked only the second time in American history that three consecutive presidents were each elected to two or more full terms the first time being the consecutive two-term presidencies of Thomas Jefferson , James Madison , and James Monroe.
The election marked the first time since Franklin D. Roosevelt 's last two re-elections in and that a Democratic presidential candidate won a majority of the popular vote in two consecutive elections. The same feat would also later repeat itself when Donald Trump lost the Presidential Election to Joe Biden with earning at least that number of electoral votes.
Romney lost his home state of Massachusetts , becoming the first major party presidential candidate to lose his home state since Democrat Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee to Republican George W. Bush in the election. Romney's loss prompted the Republican National Committee to try to appeal to the American Latino population by concentrating on different approaches to immigration.
These were short-lived due to activity and anger from the Republican base and may have contributed to the selection of Donald Trump as their presidential candidate four years later. Gary Johnson 's popular vote total set a Libertarian Party record, and his popular vote percentage was the second-best showing for a Libertarian in a presidential election, trailing only Ed Clark 's in At the time, Green Party candidate Jill Stein 's popular vote total made her the most successful female presidential candidate in a general election in United States history.
Obama's vote total was the fourth most votes received in the history of presidential elections behind Obama's victory and both major candidates in and the most ever for a reelected president. Woodrow Wilson is the only other two-term president in United States history to win with fewer electoral votes in their second election Franklin D. Roosevelt won with less in his third election than in his second.
The election marked the first time since in which no state was won by a candidate with a plurality of the state's popular vote. Furthermore, it is the only post- World War II presidential election in which no states were won by margins smaller than 30, votes.
Obama's narrowest victories were in New Hampshire by 39, votes, followed by Florida by 74, votes. Every other presidential election in modern history has seen states narrowly won by several thousand votes. So far, this is the only presidential election in history where both the Republican and Democratic vice presidential candidates are practicing Roman Catholics. It is also the only presidential election where there are no white Protestants on either major party ticket.
Results by county. Blue denotes counties that went to Obama; red denotes counties that went to Romney. Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia had all counties go to Romney. Change in popular vote margins at the county level from the election to the election. Blue denotes counties that voted more Democratic. Red denotes counties that voted more Republican. Treemap of the popular vote by county, state, and locally predominant recipient. Likewise, red would have been used if Romney won.
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